Today is the start of a slow transition.
The announcement comes as part of a move to improve air quality by drastically reducing pollution. The British government is following in the footsteps of the French government, who recently announced a petrol and diesel ban as part of the plan to make France carbon neutral by 2050.
The official announcement is intended to go public overnight (for Australia). The announcement is expected to include the introduction of fines for individual drivers and maximum levels of pollution for council areas.
The move would include banning hybrid cars which operate on a 50/50 mix petrol and electric.
This announcement follows Volvo’s announcement that “all the models it introduces starting in 2019 will be either hybrids or powered solely by batteries,” as reported by the New York Times.
These decisions, by governments and large manufacturers, are representative of public sentiment to make eco-conscious choices about our global future. Unfortunately, it’s unlikely that similar actions will be taken by the Australian government.